Slash Releases Limited Editions Of ‘Apocalptic Love’
April 19, 2012
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will be releasing his second solo album, ‘Apocalyptic Love’, on May 22nd through his own label Dik Hayd International. Starting today, exclusive ‘Apocalyptic Love’ fan packs are available for pre-order at slashonline.com.
These offers include a limited edition in-studio book featuring 48 pages, perfect bound as a sumptuous coffee table book, chock-full of behind the scenes shots from the studio. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the first 500 books will include an autographed 8×10 photo of Slash.
Slash and classic Guns N’ Roses bandmates Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke stunned the 27th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame crowd this past weekend by delivering blistering versions of GNR gems “Mr. Brownstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “Paradise City,” on which they were joined by vocalist Myles Kennedy. He has been the lead vocalist for Slash’s band for over two years and co-wrote all of the songs with Slash on his much-anticipated second solo studio album.
“The rest of the guys/inductees suggested we get Myles to sing,” says Slash, “and I thought it was a great idea.” Slash then joined in with fellow inductees past and present for the night’s all-star finale jam of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” which included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood and Kenney Jones (Faces), Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day), George Clinton and Funkadelic guitarist Michael Hampton. “It turned out to be a very special evening,” says Slash. The 27th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will air on HBO Saturday, May 5 at 9:00pm EDT/PDT.
‘Apocalyptic Love’ was recorded like a live performance record where the band was all set up in a big room at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles. The liberated feel of ‘Apocalyptic Love’ is evident throughout the LP’s 13 songs, as is the genuine chemistry between Slash and Myles.
The evolution of their creative relationship went full throttle since the two first joined forces on Slash’s 2010 debut solo release where the Alter Bridge front man lent his pipes to the cavalcade of venerable guest vocalists which included Iggy Pop, Ian Astbury and Ozzy Osbourne. Slash’s debut landed on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, it became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries.
“I contacted him out of the blue, sent him one of the songs I was working on which turned out later to be ‘Starlight’.” After Myles contributed his ideas and sent it back to Slsh, creative forces congealed. “I went, ‘Wow, that’s really good,” recalls Slash. “We flew Myles out to track it and this unassuming mild mannered guy shows up, similar in demeanor to me, sort of quiet, not really explosive in personality. He then nailed “Back From Cali” and it was like, ‘Would you like to do a tour with me?’ I was so happy when he accepted the offer.”
For the Spokane-born lead singer, the gig was an opportunity to expand his personal portfolio while exploring some musical synergy with an artist he’d long admired. Over the next 18 months, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators — Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — toured the world on the album evolving into the tight-knit rock group they are today.
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